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US-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Institutions to Connect
American, Southeast Asian, and Japanese Scholars

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organization and institutions for programs that connect scholars and students in Japan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Funding is intended to foster exchange and collaboration between scholars and students in any discipline from the three regions.

Projects will be based in US institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S. and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan.

In this program, the Japan Foundation encourages U.S. institutions to initiate and carry out the following types of projects:

-Invitation of Japan scholars from Southeast Asia and Japan (visiting professorship, visiting researcher, etc.)
-Collaborative research and/or collaborative publication with Japan scholars from Southeast Asia and Japan
-Seminars or workshops for Japan scholars and/or students from Southeast Asia and Japan
-Mutual exchange of Japan scholars and/or students from Southeast Asia and Japan
-Other types of collaborative effort among Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan

Note: All projects must have a degree of direct involvement with Japanese Studies counterparts (institutions or individuals) in Southeast Asia; involvement with Japanese Studies counterparts in Japan is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Priority will be given to projects that contribute to the further development of Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia. In addition, projects with an interdisciplinary approach and/or with the intention to combine practice with academic research are given priority.

Grants may cover the following:

- Travel expenses, including per diem and accommodation expenses for scholars, lecturers, and students
- Honoraria for lectures
- Visiting scholar support
- Salaries for faculty, instructors, project staff, and assistants*
- Graduate and undergraduate support**
- Research and teaching materials
- Conference and seminar related expenses***
- Report and Publication costs****

*Salary support may only be requested for personnel directly involved in the grant project.
**This includes scholarship and internship support, study abroad opportunities, and semester-long placements or exchanges.
***‘Related expenses’ may include venue/equipment rental fees, interpretation fees, etc. Costs for receptions and lunch/dinner will be given low funding priority.
****This includes editing fees, translation fees, and expenses toward the production or publication of proceedings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175975

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of the grant request from the Japan Foundation is $100,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

In this round, the Japan Foundation is welcoming proposals ranging from 1-2 years. Projects must commence between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, and must end by September 30, 2020, at the latest.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded to U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

The Japan Foundation welcomes proposals from various types of applicants, whether from a single institution, collaborating institutions, consortia, or associations.

Projects must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for an application:
-They must not be used for political, religious, social welfare, or commercial activities.
-They must not be activities in support of specific doctrines or claims.

Not Eligible:
-Projects in the field of medicine, technology or natural sciences
-Organization of or participation in sporting events and training
-Projects in the field of art (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded)
-Goodwill exchanges
-Social welfare or international development projects
-Tourist-oriented programs

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials must arrive at the JFNY office no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017. JFNY does not accept applications submitted by e-mail or fax.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening after April 2018 through the Japan Foundation, New York.

Funding from the applying institution and/or other resources is encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Full proposals must be mailed to:

The Japan Foundation, New York
C/O Japanese Studies Program
1700 Broadway, Fl. 15
New York, NY 10019

Tel. 212.489.0299

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming